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On top of the world: Youngest ever British woman scales Everest at 22...
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | May 17, 2010

Posted on 05/17/2010 8:24:05 PM PDT by Stoat

She had never climbed a mountain until last year.

But a 22-year-old graduate has become the youngest British woman to scale the world’s highest peak – despite having little experience of mountaineering and feeling like she was ‘going to die’ when she went for her first jog to get fit.

Bonita Norris reached the summit of Mount Everest early yesterday morning, after being inspired by survival expert Bear Grylls’s account of his own record-breaking climb at the age of 23.

 

She said she woke up one day determined to go through with the ‘crazy’ idea, ignoring her family’s warnings that it was ‘stupid’.

Miss Norris, from Wokingham, Berkshire, also had to fight an uphill battle with an eating disorder to get into peak condition for the 29,029ft climb.

But yesterday, the media arts graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, posted on her blog that she had reached the summit and was ‘proud to be the new holder of a British record’.


(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bonitanorris; britain; england; everest; greatbritain; idmountit; notguilty; uk; unitedkingdom
My apologies for the severe editing of this article....please click on the main article link to see the full story.

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  On top of the world: Bonita Norris has realised her 'crazy' dream after becoming the youngest British female to reach the summit at the age of 22

On top of the world: Bonita Norris has realised her 'crazy' dream after becoming the youngest British female to reach the summit at the age of 22

 

Bonita Norris
Stakes are high: The intrepid climber posted pictures of herself on her website during the course of the ascent

Stakes are high: The intrepid climber posted pictures of herself on her website during the course of the ascent


Training: Bonita began training to climb Everest five years ago at the age of 17 - she was inspired by Bear Grylls, who is the youngest Briton to have climbed the mountain

Training: Bonita began training to climb Everest five years ago at the age of 17 - she was inspired by Bear Grylls, who is the youngest Briton to have climbed the mountain

 

 

Gruelling: The 22-year-old is pictured getting a fix of bottled oxygen - climbers often find the trek especially difficult due to extreme altitude sickness

Gruelling: The 22-year-old is pictured getting a fix of bottled oxygen - climbers often find the trek especially difficult due to extreme altitude sickness

 

 

Ain't no mountain high enough for Royal Holloway's Bonita - Staines News

 

 

 

 

Bonita Norris in bid to climb into record books - News - getwokingham - The Wokingham Times

1 posted on 05/17/2010 8:24:06 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Chode; Lazamataz; numberonepal; SunkenCiv

Mountain Angel Ping


2 posted on 05/17/2010 8:27:09 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

I suspect she is far and away the most attractive woman ever to set foot on Everest.


3 posted on 05/17/2010 8:29:23 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: MountainWoman

Different type of climb than what you find near Tucson.


4 posted on 05/17/2010 8:32:24 PM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (I'm Jim Thompson and I say our government is a joke and its current makeup is the punch line.)
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To: Stoat; abner

I was just reading an Everest blog yesterday and it said the summit was still socked in by the Jet Stream with 100+ mph winds.

Obviously it has moved away and the hunt is on.

Congratulations to the bonnie lass!


5 posted on 05/17/2010 8:37:39 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: All
UPDATE: Here is her blog where she provided updates as to her progress and announced her victory.

Bonita Norris

 

6 posted on 05/17/2010 8:38:44 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

She is HAWT!!!


7 posted on 05/17/2010 8:47:32 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: Stoat
mile high club???
8 posted on 05/17/2010 8:54:58 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: All
UPDATE:

Here is her 'dotcom' page which includes a video made before her ascent, telling about her plans and appealing for donations and support.

 

Bonita Norris

 

The linked page above also has quite a few nice expedition photos, but I won't be posting them here because she specifically asks that the photos not be used 'on any site, in any shape, manner or form'.

 

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Here is her Twitter page

Bonita on Twitter

 

And here are some of her most recent Tweets:

 

bonitanorris

  1. would like to thank all those who donated to the Everest campaign by topping up their mobiles at ATMs (MPTU), and my sponsor VocaLink!!!
  2. SUMMITTED Mt. Everest this morning (17th)...proud to be the new holder of a British record. Thank you ALL for your support!
  3. summit day has been pushed back 1 day to Monday 17th due to extremely high winds
  4. up at camp 3...two stages left! Getting closer...
  5. @ c2. Summit window around 16th is only a 36hr gap, with the potential 2 change drastically due to dangerously high winds. Watch this space
  6. starts her summit attempt tomorrow...fingers crossed for a summit push this Sunday. Daily updates to follow
  7. summit attempt looking possible for the 16th...unconfirmed, but will keep you posted. New blog up online: www.bonitanorris.com
  8. escaped serious danger on an ice shelf while helping a Spanish lady who had gone into a panicked state. Blog and photos up bonitanorris.com
  9. negotiating Lhotse Face between c2&c3.must b on a permanent fixed line,which is rather inconvenient being a2way line.Passing is treacherous
  10. made it to c2, quick ascent time of 2.5hrs from c1.Weather closing in fast not sure is c3 is achievable.Big ice wall climb tomorrow!!
  11. second day of final 5 or 6 day acclimatisation trek up to camp 2 or 3 (depending on team preference). Love to all back home!
  12. 5/6 day trek up to c2 or c3 coming up. Then we can realistically look at summit pushes in mid May. New blog and photos - bonitanorris.com

 

 

9 posted on 05/17/2010 9:13:40 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

I’m sure she’ll be the nicest looking female to ever go up on Everest.


10 posted on 05/17/2010 9:14:05 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Stoat

I had read that unless you have a sherpa it is almost impossible to do the climb. Also the descent is usually where most people die. Anyone know if this is true?

The picture of the mountain at the bottom of the article is amazing. She is not bad either.


11 posted on 05/17/2010 9:16:33 PM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain/Graham = La Raza's Senators)
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To: Stoat

SHE’S HOT!


12 posted on 05/17/2010 9:54:57 PM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana; Frantzie; KoRn; Chode; ccmay; eddie willers; All
SHE’S HOT!

You can also see her as well as hear her lovely voice in the video included in the page at the first link in post #9 :-)

13 posted on 05/17/2010 10:31:57 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: 2harddrive

Meant to include you in the recipient list of my post #13; Sorry for the omission. No offense was intended :-)


14 posted on 05/17/2010 10:35:39 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Not guilty whatsoever.


15 posted on 05/17/2010 10:49:00 PM PDT by Principled (Get the capital back! NRST!)
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To: Stoat

Good pictures!


16 posted on 05/17/2010 10:52:14 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: Stoat
Let's hope she makes it down. It would be a shame to lose her. I've heard somewhere that the chance of dying on Everest is about 10%. Yikes, I don't like those odds.
Good Luck on the way down and don't make a habit of stuff like this. It isn't good to tempt fate too many times.
17 posted on 05/17/2010 11:34:50 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: truthguy

Melissa Arnot going for the Summit this weekend without oxygen. She is one of the elite climbers inthe world. American girl

http://www.rmiguides.com/dispatches/_images/eb-ev-09/03-28/MelissaArnot_with_Newari_men_Bhktapur_Nepal.jpg


18 posted on 05/18/2010 12:34:27 AM PDT by ground_fog
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To: ground_fog

http://blog.firstascent.com/2010/05/15/arnot-reflects-on-personal-goal-to-climb-without-supplemental-oxygen/

http://twitter.com/MelissaArnot

Follow this weekend for the summit


19 posted on 05/18/2010 12:36:29 AM PDT by ground_fog
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To: Stoat

Marking.


20 posted on 05/18/2010 1:16:58 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Chode
mile high club???

5 mile high club. She must have a great set of lungs.

21 posted on 05/18/2010 4:05:40 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: truthguy

1 in 7.


22 posted on 05/18/2010 4:06:55 AM PDT by GregB (I will vote for Sarah Palin with MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!!!!)
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To: Stoat

Wonderful. Now let’s see her get up K2.


23 posted on 05/18/2010 5:10:00 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: MarineBrat; pissant; posterchild; doubled; bk1000; mouser; llevrok; Red in Blue PA; MilspecRob; ...

Everest Hottie Ping!
To be on or off the Hottie Ping List please FReepmail me.
Preeshate the heads up Stoat.


24 posted on 05/18/2010 6:38:59 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Stoat

Not guilty.


25 posted on 05/18/2010 7:19:48 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: JRios1968

Almost too hot to be real!


26 posted on 05/18/2010 7:20:36 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Stoat

Pretty hot. Though knowing what has happened to many many people who have climbed Everest, she’s lucky she still has lips and a nose. :) Kudos to her!


27 posted on 05/18/2010 7:41:54 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Stoat

How is she with pitons?


28 posted on 05/18/2010 8:51:07 AM PDT by llevrok (A stranger in my own country)
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To: Stoat
Story is incomplete: no mention of her twin sister when they tackled the two peaks of the Everest.


29 posted on 05/18/2010 9:02:49 AM PDT by Moltke (panem et circenses)
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To: numberonepal

30 posted on 05/18/2010 11:10:09 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA

Forgot to add.....HOT!


31 posted on 05/18/2010 11:10:40 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Pearls Before Swine
it's prolly kill me... but i'd give it a shot
32 posted on 05/18/2010 3:20:43 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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